Greg Dolhon Dan Smith Tim Rinker

TEAM: North Pocono Trojans

COLORS: Red, White & Black

COACH: Greg Dohlon,  10th Season (42-51)

PIAA: Class 4A

2021 CONFERENCE: LFC Division 1

2020 RECORD: 2-3 (2-1 in conference)

RECORD LAST FIVE SEASONS: 30-23

STADIUM: NP Sports Complex

OFFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 4

DEFENSIVE STARTERS RETURNING: 6

OFFENSIVE SCHEME: I, Multiple

DEFENSIVE SCHEME: 4-4, 4-3

2021 PREVIEW

The Trojans were 2-1 in the conference last season with their only loss coming to Delaware Valley. North Pocono is hoping the DV game in regular season finale will be for the league title in 2021. Looking at what’s returning, the strength should be the defense but the offense also has some key returning players.

All high school coaches love when their quarterback returns for another season and Greg Dolhon has that luxury. Will Soma was solid last season with 472 yards and 5 touchdowns in five games. Noah West will be his primary backup. The offense loses its top running back and top two receivers, but Dan Smith is expected to be Soma’s No. 1 target in the passing game while tight end Ty Lafave returns as an option in the middle of the field and the red zone. Ashton Smith and Riley Moore will also see time at wide receiver while Alex Brinkman and A.J. Ambrosecchia give the Trojans depth at tight end. Michael Blaine takes over as the No. 1 running back and several players will compete for playing time at fullback – Kory Eisley, Liam Burke, Evan Jenkins, and Zachary Gallant.

The right side of the offensive line will be the strength with right guard Zach Hoover and right tackle Tim Rinker back as starters from last season. Brendan Kearney is penciled in at left tackle while Damien Oltmann and Andrew Martin will be in the mix for left guard and Dom Boettinger, Jake Keating, and Kevin Gillette will be considered for the center position.

The run defense should be especially good with three starters returning on the defensive line – Ambrosecchia, Brinkman and Kearney. Dylan Griffith and Rinker should also be in the rotation. Kory Eisley and Lafave, who was the leading tackler, are also back. Ashton Smith, Hoover and Blaine will also see time at linebacker. Dan Smith is the only returning starter in the secondary. Gavin Jones and Moore will compete for the other cornerback position. Soma and West will be the safeties.

The kicking game is very strong with Jordan Carr back to handle the punting and placekicking. Brady Mapes provides some depth at kicker.

QUOTE FROM COACH DOLHON: We are very excited for the season to begin.  The players are thrilled to have a full season in front of them and hopefully the playoffs. The summer practices, since June 8th, have gone very well. If we can play well up front on both sides of the ball our skill positions should make us very competitive.

Returning All-Stars -LFC Division I
First Team Tight End & First Team Linebacker – Ty Lafave
First Team Defensive Line: A.J. Ambrosecchia
First Team Defensive Back: Dan Smith
Honorable Mention Quarterback: Will Soma

2021 North Pocono Roster

#PlayerPositionWeightHeight2021 Grade
1Noah WestDB, QB1805'1110
1Korry EisleyDB, RB1905'1012
2Michael BlaineDB, WR1906'211
3Cole ThomasDB, WR1805'1011
4Ryan MarshLB, TE1705'1110
4Dan SmithDB, WR1805'1112
5Kevin WickizerDB, RB1755'1010
8Ayden BeckageDB, RB1705'811
8Gavin JonesDB, WR1705'1012
9Brady MapesK1505'610
10Zack BenzieDB, QB1806'311
11Riley MooreDB, WR1705'1110
12William SomaDB, QB1806'012
16Ashton SmithDB, WR1906'111
19Connor McCollumLB, QB1805'1010
23Zach GallantDL, FB2256'210
35Alex BrinkmanDL, TE2206'112
40Ian LeacheyDL, TE2306'211
42Evan JenkinsFB, LB1705'1011
44Ty LafaveLB, TE2256'111
50Zach HooverLB, OL2256'011
52Kevin GilletteDL, OL2756'010
52Terry WilliamsonDL, OL1805'1110
53Dominic BoettingerLB, OL1905'1012
54Damean OltmannDL, OL2256'012
55Dylan GriffithDL, OL1855'712
56Noah BeckishDL, OL2005'710
56Nate HauensteinDL, OL1855'1010
57Zach HatalaDL, OL2056'210
62Brandon KearneyDL, OL2506'211
65Andrew MartinDL, OL2506'212
70Elijah ConradDL, OL2806'210
72Kodi BigelowDL, OL2706'110
75Jake KeatingDL, OL2255'1011
76Tim RinkerDL, OL2506'412
81Ethan GaribaldiDB, WR1656'011
92A.J. AmbrosecchiaDL, TE2056'212
99Jordan CarrK, P1956'012